“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)
Recently I have been using a Bible app that allows me to do devotions and read the Bible. It even sends me reminders electronically so I won’t miss a day. Even with all this convenience I still find myself falling behind sometimes. I could be a day, two or three days behind, however there is an awesome feature built into this app. When I fall behind I click on the devotion that I am wanting to read and click the menu button. Within this menu is a handy option called “catch me up”. With one tap of the finger I go from days behind to right on track. It’s like I was never behind. Free from the guilt of verses and lessons undone because now, I’m on track.
Last week I had to use this feature. As I pressed the button to catch me up, I found myself wishing such a button existed in life. One day I’m on track. Days go by and I come home from work to find the dishes I still haven’t done, the clean laundry in the same pile next to my bed where it’s laid for a week, maybe two, who’s counting? The books I have been meaning to read are still laying, untouched, next to my dresser. The paper piles I meant to file yesterday still stare at me from the counter basket they’ve grown accustom to. How do you overcome when you feel so far behind?
The same week I was feeling this daunting pressure, we took a Saturday as a family day. No one got dressed or even showered. Dishes stayed undone and projects were neglected outside. We slept in and all we did all day was play games together. No phone calls, emails or errands. I began to feel a little guilty. How could I spare this time when there was so much to be done? The Lord spoke to me these words: “Sleeping/resting is not laziness, it’s an investment in your health, emotional wellness and spiritual renewal.” You can’t be alert to what God is speaking to you if you are run down and emotionally empty.
It’s counter-intuitive, but resting at the feet of Jesus is what we need. Time in his presence makes the things of life seem so small. We also have to take time to rest physically, to recharge from the pressures of life. We have to take time for the things that truly matter in life, like our family. It may not be as convenient as a “catch me up” button, but God has provided a way to overcome when you are feeling behind.
“Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it.”
“Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
I don’t know where you are in life, but maybe you need to take time to consider how noisy your life has become. It’s hard to get direction from the Lord when we are pulled in so many other ways. Are you so run down and emotionally empty that you can’t hear God speak? Take an inventory today and discover where you might be needing rest.
Lord, I pray that You would grant rest to each of my friends. May we discover real rest in You. Let us take up the things that You have for us to do and lay aside the rest of the pressures of life that consume us. We want to be alert and ready for all You have to say to us. Amen.